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Ive just moved to sydney 3 months ago with my son and his father from the U.S..i am 27 and i am a stay at home mom as of now. i will most likely be working part time when my visa goes through. im sure i will meet people when i start working, but for now, im getting pretty antsy during the day.. ive noticed in my area the mothers around all look much older than me. im not very social, so its hard enough for me to approach a mothers group, let alone a mothers group with no one near my age. any pointers on meeting other mothers my age?? my son is almost 8 months. i live in bondi junction.
I'm Jannelle, im 26 my son is 7 weeks both bored witless with being at home too!!
dont know if this helps or not but i go to a great mums group on denison street bondi junction and they are amazing really laid back people that run it and a nice mix of mums that go (in age and the age of the bubs) it's $10 to go but well worth it and a is a nice relaxing morning (well i enjoy it anyhow :) )
if thats not your thing though feel free to drop me a message if you want to go out and do something, check out sydney, or have a coffee!!
if your interested in the group, it's called "birthrights" #10 on the corner of spring and denison street 11-1 every friday morning tomorrow is meditation and i think next week is music and movement for bubs so could be good :)
maybe see you there!!
Thank you Jannelle..
i may bring my very unsocial self one friday. i would come today, however, i just got the reply and someone still has breakfast all over himself.. plus it takes me a bit of courage to get out and meet people, silly as it may be.. Back home i was a bartender and forced every day into social life, so ive never had to go out and meet people the old fashioned way... i think i will for sure bring us both to the next one, see how it goes. at least get me out of the house. so its on the corner there, i know that spot, its in a building then?? i dont think there is a park over that way.. anyway, thanks for letting me know, much appreciated!
i can relate to that, i was a hairdresser so simmilar thing with the easy socialising, makes it hard to do it the old fashioned way :)
yeah the group is just up the stairs (denison st side) in the building attached to jax tyres you wont be able to miss it because its bright yellow :) its closed on good friday, but other than that may see you there when you get the courage up :) it's not too scary they are all really lovely people not the usual guilt trip that comes with most mums groups :)
also i dont know if you already know (i only just found out about it) there is a great playgroup at the holsdworth community centre in woollarah, its more informal and more geared towards kids just gives them a great space to play together might be a good way to meet some other parents, but if you cant cope you can just play with your bubba and all the centres play things... might be worth a look i know the first visit is free then its like $8 each time after that but you just drop in when you feel like it....
anyhow if your getting lonely or having a serious case of cabin fever, feel free to email or message me we can go to a market or something :)
thank you nell for pointing me in the right direction.. half the job is actually getting out and finding the place!:laughing:
have you lived in sydney your whole life nell? it is a lovely place. not to much different from the big citys ive lived in the united states. with the exceptions of warmer winters and an ocean near by!
how old did you say your little one was?? very young i thought you said..
it does go by so fast. my little man was in the hospital for 3 weeks before he came home, was big for the age he was born, but small for a newborn.. now he is a monster, much bigger than just about any 8 or even 10 month old ive ever seen! i will be happy to get out and see other little ones, and how they are growing compared to my little bub..
i look forward to meeting you:wave:, and would love to get together one day for coffee. we go for walks every day, be it to the market or to the mall, or just for a stroll down the street in the junction.. i think today we may hit up the target, they have the cutest little tshirts on sale, and his first birthday is this winter! so that will be my excuse!! if you ever see me about, im not hard to miss, i have a vine tattoo all over my neck and and a not so little man im always strolling about..
well i hope to see you soon, i will surely hit up the group on the next Friday available.
target caught me the other day with its 20% off evilness!! is ok lucas now has some clothes that kinda fit :) he's two months old now so a bit younger than your little man, we have to get his shots next week not looking forward to that at all, that might be a daddy job :)
anyjow i better scoot the critters calling :) we'll probably see you both on friday!
yes, target is evil:devil6:
i managed to get only things i needed for bub, and a cute shirt we didn't need so much.
i looked into the nearby playgroup as well, the one in the library just down the road you mentioned. can't remember the name of the area,, woolarah or something.. i can't thank you enough for bringing things like this to my attention. its twice a week for the baby group, and thats nice to have option.. its close enough for us to walk to, but far enough to give me plenty of exercise. im just hoping that the little man is on good behavior for a trek. we are in dire need of a new stroller he can sleep in.. that is next on my target list.
thats no problem, glad i could help you out, im going to have to check out the group as well as soon as i can figure out how to get there on public transport.... i think its finally time to get my license or more limbs! your little mr is a bit bigger so he should get a lot out of the group mines only just figured out that he can hold things and shake them a little but doesnt really know if its a good thing, ah well he'll get there :)
oh he will get there, and fast.. its really hard to believe that 6 or so months ago, kai was just learning to hold stuff.. and licenses.. over rated. i guess with a kid, it may be important,, but traffic is my nemesis. i haven't had a valid license in like 5 or more years. you have to live in a big city for that to be possible. so where we live always depends how the public transport is.. i guess one day ill have to get one.., but that one day will not be soon, as i am not looking forward to driving on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car..:eek: scary for all involved. my brother says i dont drive cuz im a bad driver, but thats not true, all men think women are bad drivers.. but i just dont drive because i absolutely hate it. i hate insurance, i hate traffic.. i mostly hate the constant maintnence a car takes. so thats how i feel about driving,, :laughing:
yeah i've never been one for driving but it would definatly be a bit easier with a little bub... when they can walk a little its at least easier to negotiate a bus :) dont blame you for being hesitant would be very freaky to drive here compared to the US not to mention the fact their all mad on the road hehehe
Hi there!! I know this post is late .....im also a stay at home mum and i know absolutely no other mums!!! im also in bondi junction and have only been here for 2 months. My son is a lovely little chap of nearly five months old and he is going to need a buddie!! Im from the uk but have lived in australia for 8 years, my husband an aussie and a lovely down to earth guy..... I had my son in gosford so missed out on the baby group thing from birth..... i lived in sydney before gosford but all my pre - baby friends have no babies and im finding i get called less and less...... boo hoo.... but thats ok , i go to baby yoga if you would like to come with me....... i also walk the park every day with my little dog and son and i go to a group sometimes in denison street but i find finn my son to be one of the oldest!! im going to start at woollahra playgroup soon if i can get myself out of bed on time....it starts at 9.30!! anyway, if you would like a buddie to hang out with...coffee...walks or baby play just reply and ill give you my email.... would love to talk to a fellow mummy in the day time......just an adult would be great..... ha ha ha dont worry either i know what its like meeting new people ...... it can be tough but good on you for putting the call out. My name is sam and im 32 ..... i dont feel like it though. Hope to hear from you , god...... i sound desperate ha ha ha
you don't sound desperate, i fully understand.. if i were back home in the states, i would have my family, but i would be dissapointed to find my lame child-less friends ditching out every chance they got.. i already got a taste of that on my last visit home!! :confused:
im 27 from the states,, my partner is a kiwi and 26.. we actually spent time in newcastle england, he lived there, has duel citizenship..pardon my spelling, im sure there will be a few errors, spell check can usually not even help me.. anyway, ive been to the group on denison and spring, i live right by it.. my son was the oldest, and i have planned on going to the 9:30am group you talked of on next Wednesday. however, my son usually wakes up early as, and then naps about 9.. so im gonna try and make it work..i thought the whole baby group thing they do a few times a week would be cool.. i mean, as cool as things can be at this stage right?? hahaha, no, i had a nice time chatting with the girls in the group in the junction, two were pregnent and one had a 10 week old. kai had a great time puking on the floor, throwing his melon everywhere and yelping during meditation. it was fun..;)
its all new to me, i was a bartender in chicago for years, and met people that way.. so this is a new experience i thought id never have.
i sapose i could get together and go to the group today, or i could be lazy and go to the one on wednesday! :rolleyes:
well, id love to see you at one of these sam, i think we are probably living near one and other.. i think ill be walking to the one on wednesday.. its about 15 min hike for me. we can set up a coffee or just meet at a group if you like.
thanks for the reply!! I was going to go to the denison mothers group today at 11 but i got my sons immunisation shots today...... poor little guy! they stick the whole needle in dont they!!! its his 4 months shots but i put it off for weeks.... anyway , he was so great about it but i was about to vomit from nerves !! he will probably grow up to get tattoos and piercing and my worring about two needles will seem in vain..... ha ha ha anyway, i want to watch him today and see how he goes... last time he was so sad and a bit of a temp so it also gives me an excuse to sit on my **** and eat all day and not exercise!! anyway, im going to go to the playgroup on wed for babies in woollahra if you and kai would like to accompany me and finn!! I have never been but its only a short walk i think..... if you feel like a meet up and walk around centennial park and coffee before then let me know, i try to exercise everyday because my chocolate intake is huge!! anyway, email me if you would like to do something email@example.com have a lovely weekend! p.s i live on mill hill road :flowerz:
I'm also in Bondi Junction (NK I replied to your other thread about a playgroup in the area so I',m probably repeating myself!)
I'm 28, and have a little 6 month old bubba boy. I'm off to LA this week for a holiday but would love to start meeting up with some local mums when I get back.. Maybe we could start our own little mummies group at a nice coffee shop? (Or better yet, that chocolate place, Max Brenner, up the top of westfield!)
Also good to hear about the denison st. playgroup, I havent been able to track anything down yet.. not that Im that social but it'd be good to talk to other mums, especially ones with bubs around the same age as mine!! :)
hey liv, it would be great to meet you when you get back , just contact us when you get back ! firstname.lastname@example.org or contact nikki..... the more the merrier and our boys will have loads of fun together!!!! so get back to us when you can and we will all meet for a playdate !!! until then au revior and have fun in LA. love sam and baby boy of five months finn xxxxx:wave:
yes, what sam said..:).. ive been slacking on checking my bubhub thread, i always have a hard time finding the current stuff!
there is a playgroup a 15 min walk from here
(ill attempt to insert a link for the page..)
in woollhara, sam and i hit it up the other day. the denison street mothers group is really nice, more formal, talking mothers about specific topics and there is always snacks.. i think ill go to the on on friday the 8th when they discuss weening tech.. im sure im gonna need that bit of info in a few months when i try to get kai to start drinking less bottle.. and eventually take away his night time paci(dummy)..
anyway, i really liked the group in woolhara, def a great place to go once in awhile if you can, there are so many babys of all ages, my little guy started crawling so much better after he saw all the other kids roaming around.. now he's all over the house.. so like sam said, drop a line when you get back from the states, have fun! sams theory is she would hate for her little bub to turn a year old and have no little mates! so thanks for contacting us!:p
Great to hear back from you.. I'll definately be in touch when we get back from the States.. It will be nice for Rome to make little friends.. Kai and Finn sound like great little mates! :) (And all unusual names.. :thumbsup:)
Also, there was another girl, Tara,who responded to your other thread NK.. I might direct her over here.. We'll have our own playgroup going soon!
this is great!
I dont find it very easy to socialise either. It is so hard to get out and meet people when you are putting all your energy into minding your little one.
I am just gonna say a bit about myself, Im 24, I moved here from Ireland about 2 years ago to be with my partner who was born here. We met while traveling. Shortly after i got here I found out I was pregnant, now we have a beautiful little boy called Eibhear who is 11 months and a crazy explorer (he just face planted into a hard floor now he has a busted lip!!!!). I would love for us all to meet regularly and go to groups together (or make our own) and for walks etc. Dying to chat to other mums. I am living up in Diamond bay and dont drive but am willing to get the bus pretty much anywhere Eibhear will allow time wise.
Hope to hear from you all soon,
Thanks for directing me here Liv!
it would only be about a 30 min trip for you to come to the junction, if you take a disabled bus you can take a pram right on. theres a great trip planner function on the city rail site..http://www.cityrail.info/fares/trip_planner.jsp
as i was telling liv, sam and i go to a playgroup in woollahra on occasion, we walk to the beach and so on. the playgroup is a 15 min walk for us from the junction but its a great group, lots of kids of all ages.. my son is 9 months old and a crazy little bruiser as well. i got pregnant right after my partner and i moved to the same place, in california, far from my home in the midwest of the united states, far from his in new zealand. not so different from your situation. then we moved here for my partners work when kai was only 4 months old.
let us know a good date and we can set up a time to meet you in the junction and maybe go to the playgroup or just have coffee. depending on how much travel your up for.
the babygroup is wed and thurs
take care and hope to meet you soon.:wave:
Hi Tara , would be great to meet you as well!! my little guy is five months old and totally immobile.... just a little cute blob still who occasionally flaps his arms around , but im sure that will all change soon so it would be lovely for him to get some play buddies. Anyway, just let us know when you want to meet up! there are lots of things we can all do together and make our own group!
im from the uk and married to an aussie called scott , since ive had Finn (in the central coast) ive found my childless mates seem to visit less and less so im all up for meeting new friends for both me and finn.
anyway...... would be lovely to see you and your little chap lets arrange something for us all next week!!
bye!!! My email is on the other posts if you need it and ill give you my number! or we can arrange something like this. have a lovely weekend!!:smiliedance:
Hi and welcome to the thread. I am in Adelaide. You could try oasisactive, its a free dating web site, but it is also for meeting friends as well. I have met a couple of my good friends on there, their children are very close in age to mine.
yikes im bad at forums hehehe im a much better emailer :)
id love to join in on the catcup coffee walk thing next time everyone feels like getting out and about would be great to have adult conversation for a change :)
glad that the playgroup in woollahra is good my little man is starting to really get into toys now so im thinking that it will be worth taking him now.....
anyhow keep me posted :)
(my email is email@example.com just in cases ;) )
I just started a social group on Facebook for exactly this!!
I hope you will all join and find it helpful!
I'm still pregnant and in the sister group I made first: BondiBumps.
But I hope to join you all there, having lots of fun by the time I get there!
hi guys seems thee are more people in the same boat you never think that way till you c a site like this.. my name is danielle im 22 and irish just moved here my partner is workin so im dyin to get started get out there and be independant from his friends.. im quiete a young mum so anyone my age is young free and single and drinkin 7nites a week so i need to look down the parent root!!! i live in bondi junction so if there is anyone fancies meetin up some day for lil play date my son is 18months old by the way ha almost forgot him!!!
danilizzy-i know the feeling, i moved here with my partner from the u.s. and my son was only 3 months, we were just getting used to the parent thing too. many of my friends back home, and my partners friends here are nearing their 30's or well over and still single and going out all the time. its hard for sure.
im 28, so a bit older then you, but i still feel like im a bit of a young soul. hahaha, i hope! :eek:
there are a few different playgroups about, one in the "church in the marketplace" here in the junction, right on oxford in the middle mall by the train station. its $3 a session and they ask if you do come regularly you sign up for morning tea or one of the session tasks. My 2 year old enjoys it. its on Tuesdays and wednesdays at 10am-noon, we go every week on tuesday. its called "time for us" then there is another playgroup a bit of a walk in woollahra, it has a wee playground and music sessions and things... however i find just going to the park is nicer when the wee ones are nearing the age of 2. . thankfully the weather is getting nicer.
me and my son are a bit older then you guys, but we're always up for a trip to one of the many sweet parks in our area! :wave:
hi liv id be a little more inclinded to get out and about like yourself im a little bit dreaded of walkin into the play group its like a childs first day at school scary i would love to meet somewhere diff to start maybe then along with another mum work toward the play group maybe.. so maybe if you want to arrange to meet whenever let me no!!! x
Hi girls! I moved to Sydney from Russia about 1 year ago and don't have any other pregnant girfriends.. Would love to cutch up =)
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